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Warriors working out handful of top draft prospects Thursday

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Jalen Johnson

The Warriors are leaving no stone unturned ahead of the 2021 NBA Draft. 

On Thursday, Golden State will host a plethora of top draft prospects, putting them through a workout at Chase Center. The group includes guards Davion Mitchell and Moses Moody, forward Jalen Johnson and big man Kai Jones. All four are considered possibilities for the Warriors with their two lottery picks at No. 7 and No. 14.

Both Mitchell and Moody have been heavily connected to the Warriors leading up to the draft. They're seen as prospects who could make an immediate impact for Golden State.

Mitchell spent three seasons in college -- one at Auburn and two at Baylor -- and won a national championship this season. He's a tenacious defender who could lead the second unit from Day 1. Moody is a better offensive threat as a slasher to the hoop and a threat from deep.

Jones spent two seasons at Texas, is an athletic big man at 6-foot-11 and did shoot 38.2 percent from deep as a sophomore. He's full of potential, but Johnson might be the most intriguing prospect.

The 6-foot-9 forward came to Duke as one of the top recruits in the nation. But he and coach Mike Krzyzewski didn't always see eye to eye, and Johnson left Duke in February to focus on the draft. In 13 games (eight starts), Johnson averaged 11.2 points and 6.1 assists per game, and he nailed 44.4 percent of his 3-point attempts. 

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Johnson can do a bit of everything and already has an NBA body. There's the real chance he's available at No. 14 and could turn into a steal if he slips. 

 

On Wednesday, the Warriors hosted a group of draft prospects that included Cameron Thomas, Tre Mann and Isaiah Todd.

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